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Bringing Highly Efficient RLV-Return Mode "In-Air-Capturing" to Reality

Sippel, Martin and Bussler, Leonid and Krause, Stefan and Cain, Sebastian and Stappert, Sven (2018) Bringing Highly Efficient RLV-Return Mode "In-Air-Capturing" to Reality. HiSST 2018, 26–29 November 2018, Moskau, Russland.

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Abstract

An innovative approach for the return of reusable space transportation vehicles has been proposed by DLR: The winged stages are to be caught in the air and towed by subsonic airplanes back to their launch site without any necessity of an own propulsion system. This patented procedure is called inair-capturing. The performance gain by this advanced method shows a possible increase in delivered payload between 15 % and 25% or allows for significantly reducing the size of a reusable system without any loss in payload mass when comparing to winged fly-back. The paper gives an overview of ongoing experimental and numerical work at DLR in raising the TRL and proposes a development roadmap on how to bring this efficient technology to reality.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/125921/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:Dokumentennummer: HiSST 2018-1580867
Title:Bringing Highly Efficient RLV-Return Mode "In-Air-Capturing" to Reality
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Sippel, Martinmartin.sippel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7356-7575
Bussler, Leonidleonid.bussler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0657-4086
Krause, Stefanstefan.krause (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Cain, SebastianSebastian.Cain (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenSven.Stappert (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779
Date:2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:RLV, return modes, "in-air-capturing"
Event Title:HiSST 2018
Event Location:Moskau, Russland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:26–29 November 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transport
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Systemanalyse Raumtransport
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Space Launcher Systems Analysis
Deposited By: Vormschlag, Nele Marei
Deposited On:16 Jan 2019 09:47
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:23

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